Hey you guys, remember last week when MPS presented Dating Tips from Wingnuttia? It seems someone from STATE (CNN) decided to do some deep investigative resporting!
An engaging blonde woman in her late twenties is sharing her dating misfortunes with the group.
“I told him I voted for Trump in the primaries, he practically asked for the check,” she says. “I was like, ‘ok, I thought we were having fun.’”
It wasn’t the best date she’d ever been on, but not the worst (this is New York after all). But at first mention of her support for President Donald Trump, her Tinder match mentally checked out. “I could tell after I said that that he just wanted to get out of there and I thought it was surprising, especially since he said he leaned a little more right anyway,” this woman said. “I just said, ‘ok, nice to meet you.’”
And it goes on:
Still jubilant about Trump’s election, Lagana’s politics are seeping into the conversations he has with dates. The 24-year-old meets women in many ways: IRL (in real-life), on Facebook and Tinder. He recently matched with a woman on the latter, the conversation progressed to Instagram, where they shared a friend in common. It was a good start. His profile features pictures of him at work, with his dogs and one from January that reads: “President Trump we did it!” After around 10 messages back and forth, his match declared that she wasn’t a Trump supporter, following with “the fact that his (Trump’s) flat out racism and sexism isn’t a deal breaker for you turns me off, no offense.”
“My politics don’t define me,” he says, with one of the great accents of a New Yorker with Italian heritage. There wasn’t much room for debate – “please stop talking to me,” she concluded.
But it does define you: I suspect that anyone that Mr. Lagana would date might want to note that he supported a notorious misogynist who has worked diligently at taking away women’s rights, a man so foul that he bragged about sexual assault on television. Or that you supported a racist. Or that you supported a homophobe, or a traitor, or so many other vile things. It absolutely defines you, Mr. Lagana. You might get some points restored if you recanted and regretted your vote, but then you must confess to being a patsy who is easily played, a rube.
Supporting vile racists and sexists is not a silly side-step, it is deeply ingrained. It is not something a woman might look at and say, “well, he’s a fixer-upper,” the way she might if you wore stripes with plaid, or brown shoes with a charcoal suit. Nope, those toxic values are the stuff that never can be repaired and she is right to call it as she sees it.
As Republicans often say, voting has consequences, Mr. Lagana.